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Gideon Rose and Robert Jervis

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs, interviews Robert Jervis, professor of international politics at Columbia University.

Essay, 2014
Bernard Avishai; Jalal Al-e Ahmad

In 1963, Jalal Al-e Ahmad, an Iranian writer popular with dissident Islamist clerics, traveled to Israel and wrote a surprisingly positive account of his trip. That a guru to the ayatollahs liked Israel now seems touching. But what he liked seems cautionary.

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Matthew Levitt

The need to target Israel has always featured prominently in al Qaeda rhetoric, but it has rarely translated into actual missions. And that is what makes the group's recent foiled plot in Jerusalem, which was traced back to al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, so significant.

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Dmitry Adamsky

In the coming months, Israel will work with other world powers to find a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program even as it signals its military resolve. But dual strategy can be counterproductive if not managed properly.

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Ariel Ilan Roth

No one should assume that, with the signing of the recent nuclear deal with Iran, the threat of war has passed. Washington's diplomatic engagement with Tehran may, ironically, make Jerusalem more likely to attack now, because later could be too late.

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Martin van Creveld

Now that Sharon has passed away, there are two things Israelis might learn from him. The first is his exceptional ability as a daring, if headstrong, commander who has no equal in his country’s history. The second is that, if they ever want to have peace, they must take the road that he, during his last years as prime minister, indicated.

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Brent E. Sasley

Alarmist predictions about a coming split between Israel and the United States after the Iran deal ignore the complexity of Israel's internal politics and the flexibility of the state's security establishment in directing foreign policy. U.S.-Israeli relations are not in grave danger, since there are still enough common policy concerns keeping the two countries together

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Bilal Y. Saab

A UN peacekeeping mission has kept the peace along the Israeli-Syrian border for 40 years. But the strain of war is crushing the force -- making it even likelier that the Syrian conflict will engulf the wider Middle East.

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Trita Parsi

In the past, Israel has opposed and sought to prevent U.S.-Iranian talks whenever possible, but it has swiftly shifted to a neutral position once it deems talks unstoppable. That way, it can still influence the agenda. Such nimbleness would be in order now.

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Elliott Abrams

Israel does not trust Barack Obama to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. It will try to stymie any nuclear deal it sees as too lenient -- but that won’t be easy.

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